Samsung has unveiled the Pixon12, the company's first touchscreen phone with a 12Mp camera.

The long-rumored phone follows in the footsteps of the Sony Ericsson Satio, which also comes equipped with a 12Mp camera. However the Pixon12 will be the first to hit the market, as it is expected to ship in some parts of Europe by the end of June.

Sony Ericsson, on the other hand, will start shipping the Satio in the beginning of the fourth quarter.

The Samsung Pixon12 has a 12Mp camera

The Pixon12 also has a Xenon flash and Touch Auto-Focus tracking, which lets the user select the focus point with the touch of a finger, after which the phone automatically follows the object.

It features fast-image saving, so users should be able to take next photo within about two seconds, according to a statement from Samsung.

Both images and videos - which the Pixon12 records with 720x480 resolution at 30 frames per second - can be uploaded to social-networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr and MySpace, Samsung said. Images are stored on a 16GB MicroSD card.

Besides a camera it has some other fairly standard features, including a 3.1in AMOLED display with 10,000:1 contrast ratio, GPS and an FM radio. Users can surf the net using HSPA or Wi-Fi.

Pricing has yet to be announced.